TOP NEWS FROM APRIL 16 TO APRIL 22, 2022

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GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.

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1) The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) has claimed responsibility for an explosion that it said killed or injured 30 people at a market where alcohol was sold in Nigeria’s Taraba state, marking an expansion of the area where the ISIL affiliate operates in the country.

2) Ten people have been killed by Boko Haram/ISWAP after they attacked a hotel in Geidam Local Government Area in the restive Northeast Yobe State, in Nigeria.

3) 11 worshippers had died and about 32 wounded in an attack that hit Say Dokan, the oldest and largest Shia mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif city, in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province. The Islamic State has claimed the responsibility.

4) The Islamic State has recently intensified its attacks against regime forces and their allied militias in the Syrian desert, in what seems to be revenge for the killing of their leader in northeast Syria in February.

5) An Egyptian crewmember of a Ramadan TV drama series about the Islamic State group (ISIS) has been abducted a few days ago in Lebanon, local news outlets reported.

6) Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have eliminated a top leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ammar Bin-Umar, in massive airstrikes in Lake Chad. The top ISIS Commander was reportedly sent to coordinate attacks for ISWAP operating from the Tumbuns in Lake Chad against targets in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

7) The trial of 14 people accused of helping an Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist cell that killed 130 people in the gun and bomb attacks across Paris in 2015 began in Belgium.

8) The spokesperson of the Islamic State, Abu-Omar al-Muhajir, said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was an “opportunity” for its supporters to carry out terrorist attacks as “the crusaders are fighting each other”. He called on supporters to strike Israel and Europe.

9) Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs said that “terrorists are using Afghan soil with impunity to carry out activities inside Pakistan”. “In the last few days, incidents along Pak-Afghan Border have significantly increased, wherein, Pakistani security forces are being targeted from across the border.”

10) Representatives of intelligence agencies from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism.They plan to review the security situation in the volatile eastern Africa region.

11) India is preparing a dossier of Pakistan-based terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir to raise the issue with the United Nations in order to corner them, Hindustan Times reported.

12) Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau may warn Israelis against travelling to Qatar to attend the FIFA World Cup in November due to security concerns. Agencies predict that 25,000 to 30,000 Israel citizens may travel to Qatar.

SOURCES:

Al Jazeera

Daily Mail

Vanguard

Daily Nigerian

Al Monitor

English Alaraby

Daily Post Nigeria

Israel National News

English Alaraby

ATN News

The East African

NewsBytes

Middle East Monitor

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TOP NEWS FROM APRIL 9 TO APRIL 15, 2022

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TOP NEWS FROM APRIL 2 TO APRIL 8, 2022

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JIHADISM TOP NEWS FROM MARCH 28 TO APRIL 1, 2022

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TOP NEWS FROM APRIL 9 TO APRIL 15, 2022

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GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.

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1) India has declared Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Hafiz Mohammad Saeed’s son Hafiz Talha Saeed as a “designated terrorist”. Hafiz Talha has been actively involved in recruitment, fund collection, planning and executing attacks by the LeT in India and Indian interests in Afghanistan. The designation comes a day after Hafiz Talha’s father and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was sentenced to 33 years in jail.

2) The government of India designated as terrorist Pakistani national Mohiuddin Aurangzeb Alamgir who was involved in the terror attack on a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force of India) bus in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, with forty CRPF personnel killed.

3) India and the US have asked Pakistan to take “immediate, sustained, and irreversible action” to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks and called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attack and Pathankot attack to be brought to justice. This came a day after Shehbaz Sharif replaced Imran Khan as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

4) By late March this year, Pakistan had seen 52 attacks by militants, compared to 35 in the same period last year. The attacks have also gotten deadlier. So far this year in Pakistan, 155 people have been killed in such attacks, compared to 68 last year. The worst have been claimed by a ruthless Islamic State affiliate. Meanwhile, IS attacks appear to have declined in Afghanistan.

5) Since seizing power from Afghanistan’s elected government eight months ago, the Taliban, despite their own atrocities and abuses, have touted their success in repressing the Islamic State group, but the militants have expanded into neighbouring Pakistan, stepping up attacks there. Analysts say IS has morphed into a borderless terrorist group, one of the deadliest in a region that has spawned many violent, radical organisations.

6) The Australian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran announced her country’s readiness to cooperate with Iran in the fight against terrorism. He stated that Australia and Iran share a common concern about the Taliban.

7) At the moment, Islamic State attacks in Iraq are at the lowest level — not just in terms of the numbers, but also in terms of the complexity and effectiveness.”, according to Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington Institute, ISIS has never been weaker in Iraq. The group has still been able to launch isolated fatal attacks, but in many villages like Lheiban, intimidation tactics are more common than mass carnage.

8) Several media reports confirmed that U.S. occupation forces transferred hundreds of ISIS terrorists from Iraq and from prisons controlled by the QSD (Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF, editor’s note) militia in Hassakeh to the vicinity of the occupation base in the al-Tanf area on the Syrian-Jordanian border to train and arm them to carry out attacks against the Syrian state.

9) President Joe Biden is rejecting Iran’s demand that the United States remove the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Iran wants the terrorist designation removed for their military branch as a condition of the U.S. reentry into the nuclear deal.

10) Egypt launched a multidimensional scientific research project -dubbed ‘The Cost of Terrorism’- to conduct research on the economic and social impacts of terrorism in Egypt and Islamic countries

SOURCES:

NDTV

The Week

News 18

English Alaraby

ABNA 24

The World

The Syrian Observer

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

English Ahram

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TOP NEWS: 4th week of March 2022

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TOP NEWS: 3RD WEEK OF MARCH 2022

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TOP NEWS FROM APRIL 2 TO APRIL 8, 2022

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GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.

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1) Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked armed group, plans to target Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, the country’s intelligence agency warned.

2) U.S. military commanders urged the White House to approve the movement of several hundred troops in Somalia to help deter the growth of Al Qaeda’s most successful local export, Al-Shabaab. The terror group’s has acquired an estimated 5,000-10,000 fighters over the last decade.

3) Terrorists suspected to be members of the Islamic State of West African Province have attacked parts of a primary healthcare facility and parts of a Technical Girls College in Damboa town of Borno State, Nigeria.

4) The governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria revealed that the attack on the train (see last week’s report) was carried out by Boko Haram terrorists in collaboration with some bandits operating in Kaduna.

5) The Minister for National Security of Ghana has stated that Ghana is on high alert against a possible terrorist attack.

6) Sub-Saharan Africa is already on track to surpass its 2021 numbers and potentially account for more than half of global terrorism deaths in the world this year. More concerning, jihadist activity is veering south, which will inevitably shift the threat thought to be contained in the Sahel belt to the Gulf of Guinea coast.

7) Turkey is ready to cooperate and share experience in the field of counterterrorism with Mali and the African continent, according to the Turkish Defense Ministry. Turkey has been seeking to strengthen its presence in Africa. Since 2003, the volume of its trade with the continent has increased from $2 billion to at least $25 billion.

8) The UAE has witnessed a wave of drone and missile attacks from Houthi militants due to its change in strategy regarding the Yemen war. To prevent the group from controlling oil rents, the UAE renewed its involvement in the conflict by backing the Giant’s Brigade, a local Sunni militia, to fight against Houthi advancements.

9) A man with knife attacked the seminary students at Imam Reza shrine in the holy city of Mashhad in northeast Iran, which led to the killing of a seminary student and injuring three seminary students. Taliban condemns the attack and assured has nothing to do with Afghans and Afghanistan.

10) China and Iran have agreed to strengthen “cooperation in counter-terrorism”. “The two countries should remain highly vigilant against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and other terrorist and extremist forces taking advantage of the situation in Afghanistan to create chaos”.    

11) The Biden administration is seriously considering to remove the terrorist designation for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), despite the hardline paramilitary organization is a driving force for religious terrorism throughout the region and the world.

12) Israel’s defense establishment estimates that some 200 Israeli Arabs identify with the Islamic State, 20 of whom they believe might carry out attacks in Israel in the organization’s name (see also last week’s report, ISIS attacks in Israel)

13) Pakistan is working with the Afghan caretaker government and other neighbors to ensure that terrorist groups are no longer allowed to use the territory of one country against another, according to Pakistani Chief of Army.

14) Taking advantage of the political turmoil in Pakistan, there has been an uptick in activity on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, with terrorists in large numbers attempting to infiltrate the border into the Indian side, according to Intelligence reports, that also revealed that the presence of foreign terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has increased in the first three months of 2022.

15) In a new video, the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, exhorts Indian Muslims to react to the hijab controversy in Karnataka, started when some girl students in a government school in Udupi were stopped from attending class in hijab.

16) The Congress of India lashed out at Al-Qaeda for wading into the hijab controversy in Karnataka and said the banned terrorist organisation has no business to comment about the internal affairs of the country.

17) The Indonesian police’s anti-terror squad has arrested five suspected terrorists in South Tangerang, a satellite town of the capital Jakarta. The suspects believed to be affiliated with a terrorist network of the Indonesian Islamic State (NII).

18) The United States advised its citizens against travelling to Sri Lanka amid the country’s risks of terrorism (and worst financial crisis, and COVID risks). Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, and public areas, the travel advisory said.

SOURCES:

Al jazeera

National Interest

Punch

Sahara Reporters

Pulse

National Interest

Daily Sabah

Oil Price

Mehr News

The Jerusalem Post

Washington Times

Haaretz

People`s Daily Online

India Today

India Today

The Economic Times

Manila Times

Outlook India

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TOP NEWS: 2ND WEEK OF MARCH 2022

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JIHADISM TOP NEWS FROM MARCH 28 TO APRIL 1, 2022

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GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.

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1) A “wave of jihadist terrorism” leaves 11 Israelis dead in 3 attacks over 8 days:

  • Last Tuesday, five people were killed in a shooting near Tel Aviv, by a man who had been previously arrested for supporting ISIS.
  • On Sunday, ISIS operatives killed two people in a shooting attack in the Israeli city of Hadera, some 31 miles north of Tel Aviv. The attack coincided with a landmark regional summit in Israel’s Negev desert, where United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Israel and the United States met to discuss security issues.
  • Last week, four Israelis were killed in ISIS-inspired attack in the southern city of Be’er Sheva, near a shopping mall, in Southern Israel. The killing followed the creation of an armed Jewish group that the Arab community wants shut down.
  • ISIS claimed responsibility for both the attack in Be’er Sheva and Hadera. ISIS had not claimed responsibility for an attack in Israel since 2017.
  • Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, praised the shooting as a “heroic operation”.
  • After the attacks, Israeli police were placed on the highest alert level.
  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned against exploiting this condemned incident to carry out attacks and reactions against our Palestinian people.
  • Signaling warming ties, Turkey condemns attack by ISIS Supporters in Israel.

2) Terrorists attacked a Kaduna-bound train in Northern Nigeria. They planted explosives on the train track and immobilised it before firing gunshots at passengers as they tried to open the doors. Over 970 people were aboard the train. Nine passengers were confirmed dead and 26 injured. Kaduna has become the worst hit in the North West region considering the spate of heinous attacks by terrorists in the last month.

3) A military convoy carrying logistics for the US-led coalition against the Daesh/ISIS terror group came under attack in southern Iraq. Recent months saw a spate of attacks targeting US-led coalition convoys in central and southern Iraq.

4) Canada is extending its military mission in Iraq and the Middle East for another year.

5) Recent developments indicate that ISIS has not been fully eliminated from Syria, and continues launching military operations and counter-attacks, although the Counter-ISIS International Coalition command and the leaders of Syria Democratic Forces announced the elimination of the group in March 2019. ISIS cells are still able to exploit opportunities to create a security vacuum and carry out assassinations.

6) At least six security personnel were killed and 22 others injured in a terrorist attack on a security headquarter located inside a fort in northwest Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

7) The Islamic State released a video claiming that 3 different groups of IS fighters pledged jihad in India in the name of the IS caliph. The video has been released on Telegram from Pakistan.

8) Islamic militant groups in Pakistan are stronger than ever and independent of their political and military patrons, according to International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS). Pakistan has “continued to serve as a safe haven for certain regionally-focused terrorist groups,” and has “allowed groups targeting Afghanistan … as well as groups targeting India.

9) Iran says is seriously concerned over Daesh terror group recruiting inside Afghanistan as well as in some regional countries. Also said Daesh is training its operatives and seeks to further expand toward the northern areas of Afghanistan.

10) Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested ten terrorists involved in financing the so-called ” Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) ” terrorist organization linked to “Jabhat al-Nusra” in a number of Russian regions.

11) Russia is worried about the possibility of Islamist militants infiltrating the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, which Russia views as its southern defensive buffer. “The plans of the Islamic State and its supporters to destabilize Central Asian states and export instability to Russia are of particular concern”. “The build-up of detachments of Jamaat Ansarullah and the Islamic Movement Uzbekistan around the Afghan-Tajik and Afghan-Uzbek borders are an alarming sign.”

12) The United States Government added 6 Nigerians to a list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons due to their financial, material and technology support of the terrorist group, Boko Haram. The action follows the United Arab Emirates’ prosecutions, convictions, and designations of these individuals for supporting terrorism.

13) The Copenhagen Court found two 23-year-old men guilty of attempted terrorism. The court placed emphasis on the discovery of numerous effects that are used to make bombs and the men’s movements on social media and the internet – which linked them to Islamic State.

SOURCES:

The blaze

CNN Philippines

CNN US

Haaretz

Jpost

Haaretz

Jpost

Yeni Safak

Jpost

English Alaraby

All Africa

Nigeria News

AA

CP24

The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The Wire

India Today

Greek City Times

Iran Front Page

Syrian Arab News Agency

Reuters

Nairametrics

The Post

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TOP NEWS: 4th week of March 2022

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GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.

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1) Four Israelis were killed and two women were wounded in ISIS-inspired attack in the southern city of Be’er Sheva, near a shopping mall, in Southern Israel, police said. The killing followed the creation of an armed Jewish group that the Arab community wants shut down.

2) The Iraqi intelligence agency announced dismantling an ISIS network of four-members in Saladin, which had carried out many attacks against the civilians and the security forces, and was responsible for providing financial and logistical support for the terrorist organization’s members.

3) The Islamic State and jihadist movements are exploiting the war between Christian “crusaders” in Ukraine – where a military invasion launched by Russia is underway – to regroup and intensify their attacks in Syria and Iraq. In the last period alone, there has been an escalation against the government forces in Damascus and its allies.

4) The Afghan caretaker government has denied claims made by the commander of US Central Command about the presence of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. US Central Command said that there were still thousands of IS fighters in Afghanistan, who were trying to attack the US.

5) Yemen’s Houthi rebels unleashed one of their most intense barrages of drone and missile strikes on Saudi Arabia’s critical energy facilities. It marked a serious escalation of rebel attacks on the kingdom as the war in Yemen rages into its eighth year and peace talks stall.

6) The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan said a group of terrorists attempted to infiltrate inside Pakistan from Afghanistan in Hassan Khel, North Waziristan district.

7) US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, confirmed that he will travel to Morocco next May to chair the meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh. This coalition was founded in 2014 and made up of more than 80 countries and international organizations. Despite the elimination of the self-proclaimed caliphate by Daesh in Syria or Iraq, the terrorist organisation has not yet been completely eradicated.

8) Some 7,000 members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist organization and Boko Haram surrendered in northeastern Nigeria in the past one week, local media reported.

9) Indonesia and the Philippines agreed to bolster counter-terrorism cooperation through intelligence sharing for handling terrorism at bilateral, regional, and international levels. “During the pandemic, the terrorist group makes propaganda, recruitment, and fund raising in cyberspace and sets the target of online audiences” they stated.

SOURCES:

Haaretz

Haaretz

Shafaq

Asia News

AA

Pajhwok

LBC

Riyadh Daily

The News

Miami Herald

Antara News

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TOP NEWS: 3RD WEEK OF MARCH 2022

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GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.

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1) The Islamic State group is moving to solidify support for its new leader -Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurashi- sharing photos on social media showing fighters uniting behind his rule.

2) In the southwestern Tillaberi region of Niger, near Burkina Faso, a terrorist attack by heavily armed men traveling on motorcycles and in a vehicle killed 19 people traveling in a bus, including two police officers.

3) Tunisia had taken down a Daesh/ISIS terrorist cell in the country’s southeastern province of Tataouine, who had planned to manufacture explosives to be used in carrying out attacks. Tunisia has witnessed a spate of terror attacks since 2011, mainly targeting security personnel and foreign tourists.

4) Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations arrested five pro-ISIS extremists in separate simultaneous security operations in several cities and towns. The suspects were targeting security and military sites, as well as government headquarters and planning to murder government members, according to a statement.

5) In Kashmir, Police have busted a terror module by arresting six terrorist associates linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was revealed that these arrested terrorist associates were involved in providing logistics, shelter, managing and transferring terror finance and motivating youth to act as hybrid terrorists.

6) Islamic State Khurasan Province, the Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch, has recently ramped up the production, translation, and dissemination of propaganda directed at Uzbek, Tajik, and Kyrgyz speakers in the region. This push comes as part of an information campaign to delegitimize Kabul’s new Taliban government.

7) Intelligence from the U.S. and other countries estimate that IS-Khorasan and ISIS-K, nearly doubled in size to more than 4,000 fighters during the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year.  The group prioritized retaking territory and now controls some limited areas in eastern Afghanistan, more than six months after the U.S. pulled its last troops from Afghanistan.

8) Experts estimate the growing influence of Pakistan’s Inter-Service-Intelligence Directorate (ISI) on the Taliban can be harmful to India, considering the Haqqani faction, the best armed and trained Taliban faction, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, deputy leader of the Taliban, has already lead several attacks on Indian assets and Indians residing in Afghanistan. According experts, the Haqqani faction may use their power and assert anti-Indian propaganda.

9) U.S. troops’ exit from Afghanistan and Somalia has limited the United States’ ability to conduct counterterrorism operations against groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, according to the American generals in charge of the Middle East and Africa. For now, it appears that the United States is largely in a mode of watching and waiting.

10) In Africa, the United States is working with its partners, including South Africa, to dismantle ISIS financial support networks on the continent. ISIS members and associates in South Africa are playing a role in facilitating the transfer of funds from the top of the ISIS hierarchy to branches across Africa.

11) France and its partners are pulling military resources out of Mali, raising questions about how best to address persistent terrorist threats and growing Russian footprints in the surrounding regions.

12) Islamic State group militants were plotting to kill the French president during a visit to Beirut in 2020 (Macron flew to Beirut only days after the massive port explosion on 4 August). The IS militants were planning on also killing Lebanese politicians, including former Prime Minister and head of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, as well as head of the Free Patriotic Movement and MP Gebran Bassil, which has close ties with Iran-backed Hezbollah.

13) Saudi Arabia announces executions of 81 Islamic State, Al-Qaeda Members convicted of terrorism and capital crimes, targeting residents in the Kingdom and traveling to regional conflict zones to join terrorist organizations

14) Hezbollah condemns mass execution by ‘Terrorist Saudi Regime’, lashing out at Riyadh’s “awful sectarian discrimination.”

SOURCES:

Voa News

Mehr News

AA

English aawsat

The States Man

Eurasia Net

Voa News

Rise To Peace

Washington Post

Editorials

Libya Tribune

English Alaraby

Eurasia Review

English Almanar

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TOP NEWS: 2ND WEEK OF MARCH 2022

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GGN Jihadism selects, analyzes and synthesizes weekly the most relevant news about jihadist terrorism, presenting them in few pages, in an organized way, without inaccurate, inconsistent and confusing data, so that the reader can, after a quick reading, detect perspectives and trends.

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1) Abou Hassan al-Hashem, who was newly chosen as the leader of ISIS, is expected to instruct increasing terrorist attacks and take advantage of everyone’s preoccupation with the RussianUkrainian war, according to Security expert Seif Raad. He belongs to the generation that was taught by the former leader of the terrorist organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


2) Russian officials have announced hasty recruitment of 16,000 ex-ISIS fighters to be used against Ukrainian civilians, said Ukraine president’s office head Mikhail Podolyak. It was “verified that Islamic State members actively buy false passports of Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to leave Syria.


3) ISIS praises Ukraine war as ‘crusaders against crusaders’ and says it hopes it will destroy ‘enemies of Islam’. ISIS added the invasion was ‘not surprising’, saying it was ‘the state of the escalating competition between America and Russia to control the countries of Eastern Europe, especially after the policy of “support and containment” that America pursued’. The Jihadists said Muslims should not take sides in the war.


4) Central Asia, in particular Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, is set to be destabilised in the next four to six weeks with possible Taliban military moves and the infiltration of Islamic State (ISIS) and AlQaeda militants, according to Sources close to military intelligence in a Central Asian nation, a US think tank said. “They say more than 40 facilities and training camps have intensified their activity near Tajikistan border, with more than 5,000 militants from various terrorist groups being there.


5) The United States is especially concerned about the increasing terrorism threat in areas of Africa. ISIS and its branches and networks have metastasized in pockets across Africa and grafted extremist ideology onto long-simmering conflicts, providing them new volatility and lethality. The United States continues to work with African partners on counterterrorism programs.


6) The Biden administration has named a Syria-based al-Qaida-affiliated group – Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad – as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Organization. The State Department accused the group of being responsible for the April 2017 St. Petersburg subway bombing that killed 14 passengers and injured 50 others and the 2016 bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, that injured three.


7) Afghanistan was the country most affected by terror and the least peaceful country in the world in 2021, according to the Global Terrorism Index published by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). In 2021, Afghanistan experienced 1,426 deaths from terrorism, around 20 percent of the world’s total. More than half of the victims were civilians. Iraq and Pakistan came after Afghanistan for the most terrorist attacks in 2021, following Afghanistan.

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Shafaq

India Today

Daily Mail

Intelli News

Editorials

UPI

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